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It’s worth pausing to reflect on the mass frogacide that just happened on Prince Street, Mullum, which was led by unquestioning Byron Shire councillors and Resilience NSW.

Byron Shire Council staff say they will receive $70,000 in funding from the NSW Government for the development of long-term plans to protect and improve biodiversity in Byron Shire.

This has me wondering, where they would commence their tasks? With so many uncontrolled domestic pets roaming the Shire, how will this be addressed? The money, me thinks, would be better put to use in curtailing these recalcitrant animals and their owners (or prospective owners). I guarantee there would be an immediate improvement in our local biodiversity.

Ralph Johnston, South Golden Beach

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  1. So by eliminating species from the environment, you going to increase diversity?
    So let’s kill off all Dingoes. They are an invasive foreign species introduced by humans about 11,00 years ago. Those penguins aren’t native either, and they are vicious carnivores wiping out our fish stocks.
    I was under the impression that after so many centuries, the cats and dogs would have already extincted anything they could and would now just be part of nature.
    The Aboriginals in the Northern Territory seem to think they are. They hunt and eat feral cats and have Aboriginal words for the different native breeds of them.
    Come to think of it, Aboriginals aren’t native either and they kill native species.
    What exactly are you planning Ralph.

  2. After so many centuries? You mean like a couple since European settlement? And you think major ecological readjustments like you describe happen over centuries? But again, I assume you’re just having a lend of us.

    However if, as you claim, someone is getting some protein from feral cats, that seems like a good outcome to me.


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